Luke Chapdelaine

Mechanical Engineering

Alumni Update: Luke is now a Mechanical Engineering II at Waters Corporation in Milford, MA. His team designs sample managers in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems.

Hometown: Bedford, NH

Off- Campus Experience

Product Design Co-Op at Edgewell Personal Care : I used 3D computer aided design (CAD) software to model parts for shaving razors and other personal care products that are made using plastic injection molding.

On-Campus Experience

Rensselaer Music Association (RMA): I played drums for a small group within RMA founded by my friends and me. As a small group, we reserved practice space/times, used provided equipment (drum set, amps, mics, etc.), received assistance recording, and participated in small groups concerts once per semester.

Undergraduate Research: I used CT-scan segmentation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to model biomedical systems. My Master's Thesis for the Co-Terminal Program analyzed blood flow in the coronary artery to determine changes in velocity, pressure, and wall shear stress in patients that have stenosis.

Teaching Assistant: I served as a TA for ENGR 1200: Engineering Graphics and Computer Aided Design. This course is required for many freshman engineering majors, and for me, it was a major factor that influenced my decision to choose Mechanical Engineering.

Admissions Ambassador: Gave tours to prospective students and served as a panelist at events.

Favorite Class

My favorite class has been Biomedical Fluid Mechanics. I have always been interested in the intersection between Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and it has been great that I have flexibility to take engineering courses outside of my major here at RPI. Throughout this course, we learned about the fluid properties of blood and the anatomy of the heart, so by the end of the semester, we had a very strong understanding of what factors go into the design process for products such as heart valves and stents.